Apple news followers will recall a report last week that Apple has recently purchased Poly9, a Quebec based company that makes a Google Earth-like app. If you missed this you can get updated quickly with this AppleInsider post.
The demo can be found here: http://globe.poly9.com/api/animate.php
Direct link to the swf: http://globe.poly9.com/FreeEarth.swf
What's the significance of this? It's hard to say what exactly Apple's interest in Poly9 is. I am quite doubtful we'll be seeing FreeEarth.swf in Apple source code any time soon. Although I admit I have fantasies about the fallout that would occur if it ever came out that Apple had used Adobe's iPhone Packager to put this thing out for the iOS.
More likely Apple is interested in some patents or backend tech that Poly9 has built as Apple further expand the contents of their walled-garden and segregate themselves from the rest of the web.